Saltwater First 2011 Westport Tuna Run!

Trent

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Jul 16, 2009
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Trent E Rickman
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I got the call Saturday evening at 9:00 pm from Mike (Chasin' Tail) saying they were planning a last minute tuna run... five hours and fifteen minutes later I pulled into Mike's driveway and loaded my gear in the boat. We made a quick stop at Walmart for 30 bags of ice, then headed for Westport.

I was surprised to be invited on the "Annual Captain's Run" with Mike, Stacy and Lawrence. I guess it was the three captains.... and one bitch.

We pulled out of Westport at the first signs of light and ran a couple hours out.... I guess. It's so easy to snooze in those bean bag chairs!

When we arrived at the blue water, the finder was marking lots of life deep.... like 120' down! Out went the troll rods at 7:30 am. We saw a fairly good size school of jumpers near the boat, circled the area several times, but no takers. So the search for biters continued.

After a couple moves, we saw more jumpers, turned toward 'em, then two reels started screaming. We began our 2011 season with a double!

We worked this area for the rest of the day, managed 4 more doubles, plus another 6 singles, lost 4 and finished the day with 12 fish on ice.

Great way to kick off the 2011 tuna season!

First 2011 Westport Tuna Run!

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Oh yeah... and the smallest fish in the picture weighed 20 lbs........ NOT!!! Actually, the biggest fish weighed 24.5 lbs, without guts & gills.
 
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Genie Aye

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  • Sep 25, 2008
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    Thanks for the video Trent!!!!

    Now everything else I need to do is going out the door till I get out there!!

    Is that Laurence's Go Pro underwater?? I want to see that for sure.

    Well you did go out with three highly skilled TUNA killers!!! And the water--WOW!!!
     
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    Trent

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    These three guys have gotten me into some incredible tuna fishing for sure!

    That was Mike's Go Pro. I think he's gonna have some awesome footage to post later!
     
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    T-Ripper

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    Exellent work boys! Love the fresh footage-

    That made working at my desk today, just a little less painful.
     
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    wdlfbio

    Once you go Cat, you never go back
    Sep 15, 2008
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    Nice video boys. i love the pic of Trent at the end. Obvios signs of tuna fever!!! Was a slow start, but what an amazing day to be on the water. Hell, I think even the SoCal boys woulda ventured out on Sunday...:rofl:

    Nice to have Big Steve (aka Trent) on board. If you're aboard and don't know who the boat bitch is for the trip....

    But at some point, we gotta teach you kids how to turn off the damn clickers once you start reeling. Bwahahahahahha

    I had me a pretty damn good meal tonight with some of the first 2011 albacore:finger:
     
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    Ugly Bayliner

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    Sep 18, 2008
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    Nice to have Big Steve (aka Trent) on board. If you're aboard and don't know who the boat bitch is for the trip....

    But at some point, we gotta teach you kids how to turn off the damn clickers once you start reeling. Bwahahahahahha

    Very nice!! Sucks to have to turn down a trip like this, but prior obligations prevailed and I knew Trent would step in, but still spent the day wondering how it went. Looks like it was a killer day - literally!!!

    So wait, if Trent is "Big Steve" I don't wanna know what I was referred to as all day!!:finger:

    Baitclickers - but hearing that sucker scream is awesome!! And if it annoys you, hey, all the better!!:2gunsfiring_v1::hali_olutta:

    Seriously, way to man up and set the season off right, gentlemen! I use that term very loosely!
     
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    Johnny Dollar

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    Jun 14, 2009
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    Great video...wish I wuz there

    How far offshore were you?

    :profile:
     
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    wdlfbio

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    With the running and gunning we did, we ended up putting 174 miles on the boat. I don't think we ended up further than 55 miles offshore. Our run in was 52 miles (heading 43 degrees) to the sunken jetty.
     
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